Replying the two-day debate on the annual budget in the state Assembly Deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said:
- Bihar is the fastest growing among the Indian states despite Centre resorting to step-motherly treatment to the eastern region for several decades. The state has moved faster than several western and southern states, bracketed as developed ones on many parameters of growth.
- The state has made record of sorts by producing 67 lakh metric tonne of paddy this year. We had many good monsoons in the past. But why did the state fail to register such a record production in our living memory?. The government’s efforts with the agriculture set up and farmers’ work have played the decisive role in augmenting paddy yield.
- Bihar’s per capita income is 40 per cent against the national per capita income. But it was only 36 per cent against the national average of per capita income when Nitish Kumar-led NDA assumed power in 2005-06.
- The state had registered a “phenomenal growth” in six years of the NDA rule. “Bodhgaya has drawn 59,785 tourists from across the world in 2011-12, still left with two more months in completion of the financial year, against an average of 5,000 to 7,000 international tourists in the past years.”
- Bihar had led India in becoming polio free, Modi said the state had 33 cases of polio till 2008. “The state brought it down to only nine in 2010. The state is free from the scourge of polio now in 2011.